Rough Winds Do Shake the Darling Buds of May…


Acrylic painting of a magnolia blossom by artist Laura Tetrault

I’ve had that Shakespeare quotation running through my head for the last two weeks – and finally I have a use for it!

May is going to be an extremely busy month for me, and so the Big Thankyou Project is going to take a vacation for the month of May and resume again in June.  Sorry for any disappointment – but I want to give you my best, not my frazzled left-overs.

Curious about my “rough winds?”

My husband is going to Seattle for a month for a very intense and elitist Microsoft training course – which is right up his alley. But I’m staying in Canada with our two and a half year old daughter – which leaves me in an unusual and possibly challenging position. The time is ALL mine.  I am the sole determiner of my destiny – for one month.


I am also playing at being a single mom for a month. That means I am on call ALL the time. To you single parents out there – I have the greatest respect for you. What you do is beyond what I can put words together to describe.  My goal for this month is to only pull out my hair in strategically unnoticeable patches. I think I can attain my objective.

There are also at least two flesh and blood shows that I’ll be participating in, while working in some special time to see old friends. (I have to take advatage of being the “master of my own destiny”!) 

so – ya.

I think that’s alot. I’ll still be posting here, and getting into my studio as often as I can – but you really do deserve the best I can create. I won’t give you less than that.

oh and ps…

if you’re not familiar with The Big Thankyou Project I’m doing for this year, you can read more about it by clicking the link.


3 responses to “Rough Winds Do Shake the Darling Buds of May…”

  1. I know what you mean about being the sole carer of a small child after being used to sharing the responsibility. Whenever my husband has gone away and I’ve been left with my now 5yo daughter it has been hard. And as she is an only child, I am also the main playmate/toy when we are at home. There isn’t much downtime, and as young as your daughter is, you probably look forward to nap times.

    I hope you are able to get the work done that you need to over this month – and enjoy the one-on-one time with your daughter (as well as the quiet time when she is a sleeping angel!)

    • Thanks Elaine! I plan to – we are in for a busy month. In my head I am already at the end of it. We’ll see how it goes as I actually get into it. For now I’ll have to start rounding things up and getting things packed

  2. i really like that painting, Laura. the colours speak to me… strongly!

    i don’t know how single parents do it. i find it interesting that you speak of the freedom you will have being on your own, yet with a wee one to care for, you don’t necessarily have the freedom that say… i would as a single lady with no one but pets. it’s just so neat to read about how other people experience their situations. i think you’re going to be 100% fine.. you’ll surprise yourself with how easy it becomes and then hubby will return and you’ll think “geeze… i was just getting the hang of this!”

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